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Friday Funny: My First Snowboard Fail

My first attempt at snowboarding is something to laugh at.

I'm not good at sports.

In gym class growing up, I was always picked last for everything, even pickleball. I have really bad eyesight, which translates into bad depth perception and lousy coordination. I'm basically a huge klutz.

This season, my friends convinced me to try snowboarding.

I've put off snow sports for years. Many have invited me to the mountains for a day of shredding or skiing and, to be honest, the thought has always terrified me. I've feigned sickness, complained about being too busy at work and even told someone I had to give my cat Gizmo a bath to avoid Crystal Mountain.

Eventually, I gave in.

While in line for the lift I practiced standing on the board and immediately fell over. This won't be good, I thought. The words of Mike Lewis, my boss, flashed through my mind: Please, for the love of God, wear a helmet. His look of concern was scary. If you hit your head and get a concussion, who will be able to run Bonney Lake-Sumner Patch?

I started to worry. Will I break my neck and come home from Snoqualmie a vegetable? What happens if I fall off the mountain?

Then, the lift. I looked around anxiously as we rose higher and higher into the mountain. (OK, it was just the bunny hill. But still). My heart was pounding and my palms were sweaty. I started to wonder if I could walk all the way back down.

I managed to get off the lift without face-planting. Good start. Then, after a few patient practice moves with my friend, I was ready to cruise.

And I totally rocked it.

I fell a lot, but I didn't hurt myself or get a concussion. I was able to heel-toe and control the board. It was effortless. I'm a natural! Once I got over my fear of trying something new, I was able to enjoy myself and spent the whole day jumping on and off the bunny hill with a bunch of 7 year olds. It was fun and I was suprisingly good at it for my first try!

I can't wait to go again. Even though my boss hasn't stopped begging me to wear a helmet next time.

So, here's a video of my best fall of the day, for your amusement. Have you tried snowboarding? What do you recommend for new boarders?

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Skippy April 06, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Wow you did great, snowboarding is truly a young persons gig. There will be sore muscles in the morning ;)
Britton Lorentzen April 07, 2012 at 12:17 AM
It looks like you were doing the falling leaf motion :P That's what I did on my first time too. Nice job! I'd recommend trying to keep your hands away from taking the impact of the fall. The best practice is to try to go down knees and elbows instead of knees and hands so you don't risk the possibility of breaking your hand once you start going faster. Other than that, welcome to the sport! :P I guess it is time to upload my fall that I took
David Anderson April 07, 2012 at 12:44 AM
That's a funny, well-told, Patch prize-winning post-pre-school (barely) performance of which to be proud!
Harborite April 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Laughing here...thanks for an early morning chuckle. Oh, as for no helmet..I say you go girl...they are just added weight and one more thing to get in yer way :o)
Lauren Padgett April 07, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Haha thanks for your support, everyone! Sometimes dreams really do come true... I never thought I would survive it!

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